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Faculty and Staff Profile

Zeki Simsek

Professor, Gressette Chair of Business Strategy and Planning
Associate Editor, Academy of Management Journal

Office: 374B Sirrine Hall
Phone: 864-656-2859

 Educational Background

University of Connecticut 2002

University of New Haven 1996


Zeki Simsek is a Professor of Management and Gressette Chair of Business Strategy and Planning at College of Business, Clemson University. Prior to this appointment he held the Eversource Scholar of Technological Entrepreneurship and Ackerman Scholar at the University of Connecticut. Zeki’s research focuses on strategic leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. His papers have appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and others. The New England Journal of Entrepreneurship (NEJE) in 2016 recognized Zeki as one of the top most influential authors globally in entrepreneurship research in the 21st century, as a result of his research output in top-tier management journals from 2000 to 2015. He has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Strategic Organization, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. He is currently Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, and on the editorial boards of Strategic management Journal and Academy of Management Discoveries. An award winning teacher, Zeki teaches executives, masters, undergraduates, and Ph.D students. His courses include; Strategic Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and New Ventures—Ph.D.; Executive Project—Executive MBA; Venturing and Value Creation in a Simulated Marketplace—MBA; Strategic Management; Venture Planning, Management, & Growth, and Venture Consulting, and Business in Italy: An International and Entrepreneurial Perspective—Undergraduate. Zeki’s tenure at UConn transcended traditional academic roles. He held numerous university-level committee and faculty council positions, and served on the board of trustees’ academic affairs committee. In part as recognition of these efforts across the spectrum from the school and university to community levels, and in part for his scholarly achievements, Zeki received the Research Excellence and Distinguished Service awards.

 Research Publications

Heavey, C. B & Simsek, Z. 2015. Transactive Memory Systems and Firm Performance: An Upper Echelons Perspective. Organization Science. Date Accepted: January 18, 2015.
Simsek, Z. Jansen, J., Minchilli, A., & Escriba, A. 2015. Strategic Leadership and Leaders in Entrepreneurial Contexts: A Nexus for Innovation and Impact Missed? Journal of Management Studies,52: 4; Accepted 4/15/1015.
Simsek, Z., Fox, B., & Heavey, C. 2014. “What’s Past is Prologue”: A framework, review, and future directions for organizational research on imprinting. Journal of Management, 41(1): 288 – 31 (Date Accepted: July 26, 2014).
Heavey, C. B & Simsek, Z. 2014. Distributed cognition in top management teams and organizational ambidexterity: The influence of transactive memory systems. Journal of Management, Accepted. Date Accepted: April 27, 2014
Heavey, C. & Simsek Z. 2014. Managerial social networks and ambidexterity of SMEs: The moderating role of a proactive commitment to innovation. Human Resource Management, March 21, 2014
Simsek Z., Heavey, C. & Jansen, J. 2013. Journal impact as a diffusion process: A conceptualization and the case of Journal of Management Studies. Journal of Management Studies, 50: 1374-1407.
Heavey C. & Simsek, Z. 2013. Top management compositional effects on corporate entrepreneurship: The moderating role of perceived technological uncertainty. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30:837-855.
Cao, Q., Simsek, Z., & Jansen, J. 2012. CEO social capital and entrepreneurial orientation of the firm: Bonding and bridging effects. Journal of Management.
Olie, R., Iterson, A.V., & Simsek, Z. 2012. When do CEOs versus top management teams matter in explaining strategic decision-making processes? Toward an institutional view of strategic leadership effects. International Studies of Management and Organization, 42: 86-105.
Jansen, J. Simsek, Z. & Cao, Q. 2012. Ambidexterity and performance in multi-unit contexts: Cross-Level moderating effects of structural and resource attributes. Strategic Management Journal, 33: 1286-1303.
Souder, D., Simsek Z. & Johnson, S. 2012. Market expansion over agent and founder CEOs’ time in office. Strategic Management Journal, 33: 23-41.
Simsek Z. & Heavey, C. 2011. The mediating role of knowledge-based capital for corporate entrepreneurship effects on performance: A study of small-to-medium sized firms. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 5: 81-100.
Cao, Q. & Simsek, Z. 2010. Modeling the Joint Impact of the CEO and the TMT on organizational ambidexterity. Journal of Management Studies. 47: 1272-1296.
Heavey, C., Simsek, Z., Roche, F., & Kelly, A. 2009. Decision comprehensiveness and corporate entrepreneurship: The moderating role of managerial uncertainty preferences and environmental dynamism. Journal of Management Studies, 46: 1289-1314.
Simsek, Z., Heavey, C., & Veiga, J. 2009. The Impact of CEO core self-evaluations on entrepreneurial orientation. Strategic Management Journal, 31: 110-119.
Simsek, Z., Heavey, C., Veiga, J. F., & Souder, D. 2009. A typology for aligning organizational ambidexterity’s conceptualizations, antecedents, and outcomes. Journal of Management Studies, 46: 864-894.
Simsek, Z. 2009. Organizational ambidexterity: Towards a multilevel understanding. Journal of Management Studies, 46: 597-624.
Simsek, Z., Veiga, J. F Lubatkin, M.., & Dino, R. N. 2009. The role of an entrepreneurially alert information system in promoting corporate entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Research. 62:810-817.
Ling, Y., Simsek, Z., Lubatkin M., & Veiga, J. 2008. The Impact of transformational CEOs on the performance of small- to medium-sized firms: Does tenure or founder status matter? Journal of Applied Psychology.4:923-34.
Ling, Y., Simsek, Z., Lubatkin M., & Veiga, J. 2008. Transformational leadership’s role in promoting corporate entrepreneurship: Examining the CEO-TMT Interface. Academy of Management Journal, 51: 742-776.
Simsek, Z. 2007. CEO tenure and organizational performance: An intervening model. Strategic Management Journal, 28: 653-662.
Florin J. & Simsek Z. 2007. The effects of moral hazard and adverse selection on the pricing and underpricing of initial public offerings. Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, 9: 127-143.
Simsek, Z. Lubatkin, M., & Veiga, J. F. 2007. The impact of the competitive environment on corporate entrepreneurship: Toward understanding discretionary slack’s pivotal role. Journal of Management Studies. 44: 1398-1424.
Lubatkin, M., Simsek Z., Ling, Y. & Veiga, J. F. 2006. Ambidexterity and performance on small- to medium-sized firms: The pivotal role of TMT behavioral Integration. Journal of Management. 32: 646-672.*
Golden, T., Veiga, J. F. & Simsek, Z. 2006. Telecommuting’s differential impact on work-family conflict: Is there no place like home? Journal of Applied Psychology. 91: 1340-1350.
Simsek, Z., Veiga, J. F Lubatkin, M.., & Dino, R. N. 2005. Modeling the multilevel determinants of top management team behavioral integration. Academy of Management Journal, 48: 69-84.
Simsek, Z., Lubatkin, M.H., & Floyd, S.W. 2003. Interfirm networks and entrepreneurial behavior: A structural embeddedness perspective. Journal of Management, 3: 427-442.
Simsek, Z. & Veiga, J.F. 2001. A primer on Internet self-administered surveys. Organizational Research Methods Journal, 4: 218-235.
Simsek, Z. & Veiga, J.F. 2000. The e-mail surveying technique: An assessment and integration. Organizational Research Methods Journal, 1: 92-114